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January 28, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Chemical leak at Port of Olympia leads to evacuations

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A hydrogen peroxide leak in a water treatment plant at the Port of Olympia has led to evacuations at the port and surrounding businesses.

KIRO-TV reports police and firefighters set up a quarter-mile evacuation perimeter after the leak happened around 12:15 Wednesday.

The state Department of Ecology says some hydrogen peroxide entered storm drains and caused a vapor to rise from the drains and a building.

Olympia fire spokesman Greg Wright says the leak originated from a pipe going into a 3,300-gallon tank.

Port spokeswoman Kathleen White says the leak occurred at the port’s new stormwater treatment facility that has been operational since December. She says hydrogen peroxide is used to bring the PH factor in stormwater to normal.

KOMO-TV reports people were warned to avoid the area.

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